August 2, 2019

Department of Human Services announces Bureau of Human Services new director and the move into the Office of Long Term Living effective July 29th, 2019

Deputy Secretary  DHS Office of Administration, Carolyn Ellison, announced Jeanne Parisi as the new director for the Bureau of Human Services Licensing and to announce that BHSL will be moving from the DHS Office of Administration to the Office of Long-term Living.  Both are effective July 29th.  

Jeanne currently serves as the Division Director of Regional Operations for the Office of Long Term Living, managing participant operations since 2013.  Prior to this, she served as the Director of Quality Initiatives for the Office of Developmental programs leading family living, participant-directed services and employment initiatives from 2009-2013.  Before joining the Commonwealth of PA, she managed non-profit agencies providing supports to individuals with disabilities.  Jeanne brings extensive experience in policy and ensuring compliance with state regulations.  

OLTL’s overarching goal is to provide long-term services and support to participants in the most integrated, least restrictive setting of their choice.BHSL’s move into OLTL is a good fit because of OLTL’s focus on identifying and offering safe and appropriate long-term care settings for seniors and individuals with disabilities.  The relationship with licensing personal care homes and assisted living residences, and the maintenance and possible expansion of these facilities in Pennsylvania is critically important to the OLTL objective to offer choices in the best possible and least restrictive settings for their long-term care needs.  The move of BHSL to OLTL provides more opportunities to connect long-term care services with the most appropriate and highest quality settings for long-term care.  The missions of the two entities are perfectly complimentary.  In addition, there is a direct relationship between Adult Protective Services and the incident management and complex case management oversight provided by OLTL.  The two entities work very closely together now and will have even more opportunities for information sharing and collaboration. 

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